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York welcomes completed team of directors

Published Wednesday, 4 May 2022

City of York Council is delighted to announce the complete, new team of directors and statutory roles across the authority’s Adults and Children’s directorates.

The new leadership team will maintain resilience across the services and deliver the council’s priorities to support adults and children to live well and safely in the city.

Martin Kelly has been appointed Corporate Director of Children and Education at City of York Council and will take up this role this summer.  Martin will move from North Yorkshire County Council where he is currently the Assistant Director of Children and Families. The council is delighted that he will be able to start to support the York service during his handover period

Danielle Johnson has been appointed Director of Children’s Safeguarding. Danielle will join City of York Council on 1 August 2022 from North Yorkshire County Council where she is currently the Senior Head of Safeguarding and Partnerships.

Martin and Danielle join Jamaila Hussain, Corporate Director of Adult Services and Integration (DASS), and Michael Melvin, Director of Adult Safeguarding, as leaders of the People Directorate.

Both Jamaila and Michael were appointed to their permanent and statutory posts earlier this year and continue to lead a community-focussed approach to supporting the city’s most vulnerable adults.

Jamaila Hussain came to York last summer as Director of Prevention, Commissioning, Education and Skills. Now, as Corporate Director of Adult Services and Integration (DASS), she will also lead on all-age commissioning and provider services and the focus on supporting York residents’ stated preference to stay living independently and well in their own homes for as long as possible.

Michael Melvin, with his considerable experience of supporting adults in York, continues in his post as Director of Adult Safeguarding.

Cllr Ian Cuthbertson, Executive Member for Children, Young People and Education said: 

I want to extend a warm welcome to both Martin and Danielle, and to say how much we are looking forward to working with them as part of our new team.

I would particularly like to thank Anne Coyle, too, for her work as interim Director of Children’s Services. Anne’s contribution in this statutory role, leading the service in supporting young people and families across the city, has been exceptional. She has driven significant improvement across the service since she started with us in October, and this has led to a smooth and efficient ILAC inspection, the first of its kind in York.

“These two permanent appointments of Martin and Danielle will enable us to seamlessly continue our support for young people, vulnerable adults and families in their communities, helping them to live their best possible lives.”

Martin Kelly, who will be the council’s new Corporate Director of Children and Education, said:

I am delighted to have been appointed to this role given York is such an iconic city with so many inspiring people who are committed to delivering ambitious outcomes for children and great support for their families. As well as supporting families I am looking forward to working with colleagues to advance the work they are doing with a real focus on the quality and consistency of our support and interventions.

“I know the teams have been working tirelessly to help communities and adapt to the challenges of the pandemic. I want to build on the strengths of this work and the strength we have in our communities including our schools to develop world class services which are befitting of such an amazing city.”

Danielle Johnson, who will be the council’s new Director of Children’s Safeguarding, said:

I am delighted to be joining such a great place as the Director of Children’s Safeguarding. It is an exciting time: there is a huge amount of great work across the service and I am looking forward to exploring how we can build on this further and deliver the very best service for children and families across the city.”